ALAS 2015 Leaders in Education Awards Gala

ALAS will host more than 200 education professionals, Congressional representatives, and business leaders in Washington, D.C. for the 1st Annual ALAS Leaders in Education Awards Gala, at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel on April 29, 2015.  School district superintendents and administrators exemplifying best practices in public education will be recognized and celebrated.  



The following superintendents and administrators have been selected as the recipients of the 2015 ALAS Leaders in Education Awards:

Latino Superintendent of the Year
Patrick Sanchez, Superintendent
Adams County School District 14
Commerce City, Colorado

Latino Administrator of the Year
Dr. Almudena “Almi” G. Abeyta, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Sante Fe Public Schools
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year
Robert W. Runcie, Superintendent
Broward County Public Schools
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hispanic-Serving School District Administrator of the Year
Dr. Samuel D. Sarabia, Chief School Officer
Houston Independent School District
Houston, Texas


  • Senator Michael F. Bennet (Colorado)
  • Senator Patty Murray (Washington)
  • Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31st District)
  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5th District)
  • Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11th District)
  • Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3rd District)
  • Congressman Joseph Heck (NV-3rd District)
  • Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15th District)
  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40th District)
  • Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez (CA-46th District)
  • Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-8th District)
  • Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41st District)
  • Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51st District)
  • Congressman Filemon Vela, Jr. (TX-34th District)


  • Tom Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
  • Mary Ann Gomez, executive director of CHLI (Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute)
  • Dennis “Denny” Dearden, associate executive director of  AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • Jeanette Morales, director for Pre-K Initiatives of HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities)


State Affiliate Latino Superintendent of the Year also included:

  • Antonio A. Sanchez, Superintendent, Wilson School District #7, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Adan Delgado, Superintendent, Pojoaque Valley School District, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD, El Paso, Texas

State Affiliate Latino Administrator of the Year also included:

  • Michael J. Ramirez, Director, Office of School Performance & Accountability, Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dr. Eddie Ruiz, Principal, North Springs Charter High School, Fulton County Schools, Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • Victor Vergara, Principal, Woodburn School District, Woodburn, Oregon

State Affiliate Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year also included:

  • Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, CEO, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

State Affiliate Hispanic-Serving School District Administrator of the Year also included:

  • Gonzalo S. La Cava, Area Superintendent, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Todd J. LaPace, Principal, McArthur High School, Sunrise, Florida


Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.